North Island Gazette

It’s election day in B.C. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.'s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

  • Oct 24, 2020
It’s election day in B.C. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Lou Champis showing off his voting sticker. (Zoe Ducklow)

Port Hardy votes!

Checking in with local voters after the ballots have been cast

  • Oct 24, 2020
Lou Champis showing off his voting sticker. (Zoe Ducklow)
BC Provincial Election candidates for the North Island riding. (Campbell River Mirror graphic)

VIDEO: Watch both Mount Waddington All-Candidate Forums before election day

General voting day will officially commence at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

BC Provincial Election candidates for the North Island riding. (Campbell River Mirror graphic)
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Planned power outage in Port Alice Oct. 27

BC Hydro crews to work from midnight to 4 a.m. replacing substation equipment

  • Oct 22, 2020
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Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with "a few donuts and lazy-eights"

  • Oct 21, 2020
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
Port Alice RCMP station. (Port Alice RCMP file photo)

Small rise in crime in Port Alice with 85 files opened in third quarter

Port Alice RCMP announced third quarter crime stats

Port Alice RCMP station. (Port Alice RCMP file photo)
Port Hardy RCMP station. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Crime stats: Assault files rise over the summer in Port Hardy

' … we really did see an increase in criminality'

Port Hardy RCMP station. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Black Press file photo

Additional charges approved from February drug bust in Port Hardy

'Back on Feb. 17, RCMP members noticed a vehicle parked on Highway 19 Southbound just after midnight'

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Voting sign. (Black Press files)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting begins today in North Island

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 in B.C.'s election

  • Oct 15, 2020
Voting sign. (Black Press files)
“People enjoy seeing the bears, but we’re not a zoo. They’ve got to be relocated before they become habituated,” said Port Alice resident Rose Klein Beekman. (BP file photo)

Bears in Port Alice inspiring online ruckus and munching through garbage

It's a tale as old as, well, garbage bins

  • Oct 15, 2020
“People enjoy seeing the bears, but we’re not a zoo. They’ve got to be relocated before they become habituated,” said Port Alice resident Rose Klein Beekman. (BP file photo)
Flash frozen prawns still sitting in cold storage. (BC Prawns image)

Three million pounds of flash frozen, delicious prawns sitting in cold storage

Global demand for the B.C. specialty plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic grew

  • Oct 15, 2020
Flash frozen prawns still sitting in cold storage. (BC Prawns image)
Police identified a 1991 Chevrolet Suburban as a vehicle of interest following the death of a woman Oct. 10 near Parksville. (Submitted/RCMP)

UPDATE: Man turns himself in to Kelowna RCMP after fatal hit-and-run in Parksville

Man turns himself in to RCMP in Kelowna after seeing news reports

  • Oct 14, 2020
Police identified a 1991 Chevrolet Suburban as a vehicle of interest following the death of a woman Oct. 10 near Parksville. (Submitted/RCMP)
Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)

“Potent” low pressure system brings winds, takes power from Vancouver Island

Over 43,000 customers powerless in Vancouver Island after autumn storm rages

  • Oct 13, 2020
Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)
The K’ak’ot’lats’i schoolbus was stranded by a fallen tree, which affected power lines and the Coal Harbour Road. (K’ak’ot’lats’i School image)

Four thousand without power on the North Island, including schools

Fall windstorm with winds up to 85 km/hour

  • Oct 13, 2020
The K’ak’ot’lats’i schoolbus was stranded by a fallen tree, which affected power lines and the Coal Harbour Road. (K’ak’ot’lats’i School image)
Claire Trevena has been the North Island’s MLA for 15 years and recently announced she will not be seeking re-election. (Claire Trevena photo)

Claire Trevena talks 15 years in the public eye as North Island MLA

'I'd like to thank all the people in the North Island whether they voted for me or not'

Claire Trevena has been the North Island’s MLA for 15 years and recently announced she will not be seeking re-election. (Claire Trevena photo)
Responding to a 2006 spill near Bella Bella when a 10,000-tonne tanker barge ran aground in Seaforth Channel leaking more than 100,000 litres of diesel fuel. (Western Canada Marine Response Corp.)

North Island identified as highly sensitive to oil spills, despite low probabilty

"A little bit of oil in a very sensitive area can have big impact. It's worth being concerned about."

  • Oct 8, 2020
Responding to a 2006 spill near Bella Bella when a 10,000-tonne tanker barge ran aground in Seaforth Channel leaking more than 100,000 litres of diesel fuel. (Western Canada Marine Response Corp.)
Port Hardy RCMP surrounded a house on Byng Road on June 17 around 6:00 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Port Hardy RCMP announce charges in three separate drug busts

'There are people in our community that are preying on the vulnerable'

  • Oct 8, 2020
Port Hardy RCMP surrounded a house on Byng Road on June 17 around 6:00 p.m. (Submitted photo)
Check out the beautiful new paint job on the Broughton Curling Club’s building! (Clint Fiske photo)

Port McNeill Curling Club will open for league play in November

'We would welcome any of the players from Port Hardy to come down and join this season'

Check out the beautiful new paint job on the Broughton Curling Club’s building! (Clint Fiske photo)
Jennifer Johnson with her daughter, Teen. (Zoë Ducklow)

Local mom delivers north Island’s first home birth baby in 30 years, in the middle of a pandemic

Midwives have made home birth possible again, and COVID-19 is making them more appealing than ever

  • Oct 7, 2020
Jennifer Johnson with her daughter, Teen. (Zoë Ducklow)
Gwa’dzi Managed Alcohol Program staff, Cathie Wilson and Alexa Bisaillon in their new office on Gwa’sada-‘Nakwaxda’xw’s reserve. (Submitted photo)

North Island First Nations offering harm reduction for severe alcoholism

The Gwa'dzi Managed Alcohol Program aims to help chronic alcoholics recover their lives

  • Oct 5, 2020
Gwa’dzi Managed Alcohol Program staff, Cathie Wilson and Alexa Bisaillon in their new office on Gwa’sada-‘Nakwaxda’xw’s reserve. (Submitted photo)